The Madalapanji describe that during the invasion of Raktavahu, a king named Sovanadeva of Odisha escaped with the images of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra. He then reached Sonepur and buried the images at a place called Sonepur-Gopali. After 144 years, a king name Yayati Keshari of Somavamsi dynasty got the images and made new images. He built a temple at Puri and enshrined the idols.
Subsequently Archaeological Survey of India team led by Dr. Dimiri and State Archaeology led by Dr B.K. Ratha paid a visit and testified the linkage of Patali Srikhetra with Srikhetra and also found archaeological properties of pre-historic importance.